Do You Have A Picky Eater?

Boston NAPS blog post

If it hasn't happened yet, chances are, it will. It can easily feel helpless and hopeless (and very frustrating) when your child is just not happy with the food you are offering.

Here are a few tips we offer our moms of children who are picky eaters...

Bring you toddler/child grocery shopping with you.

  • Make this a special even for you and your child(ren). Let them ride in the cart, of if it is a grocery store that has small carts for children, let them use one and pick out their own food items. Children are more likely to try new food if they are the ones who picked it out. 

Allow your child to help you prepare food.

  • Bring over a step stool or a chair and allow your child to participate in the cooking process. Let them mix, add ingredients, and even make suggestions. Just be careful that they aren't around when you are handling anything hot or sharp. 

Hide healthy items in foods they normally eat.

  • Don't be afraid to cut up and add extra vegetables to your grandmother's sauce or meatballs (without offending grandma!), or mix some veggies into the fruit smoothie you make for your child every morning. 

Eat dinner with your child and allow them to eat what you eat

  • Children are more likely to eat more and try new things if they are sitting at a table with their parent(s) and are eating the same foods as us. 

Don't be afraid to let your child go to bed hungry.

  • Some kids are just going to flat out refuse to eat dinner. Don't go crazy offering them a dozen different foods or making each of your children a different meal. Allow your child to eat what you eat, and on those nights they just won't eat anything no matter what you do, don't stress. They will make up for it in the coming days.